Design Assistants - Fashion Apparel and Footwear (Fixed Term Contract)


Williams Landing, VIC, AU

Category:  Merchandise
Work Type:  Fixed Term Full Time

Who are We?


At Target, we’re getting back to what we’re famous for - real quality, that’s really affordable. We’re making products that stand up to the test of everyday life, at prices that don’t cost the earth. 
We’re making mums happy. Kids smile. Family life, that little bit easier. We’re making sure every Australian can enjoy our products, whilst making a positive difference to our planet so families can trust and rely on us for generations to come. That’s the Target Australians needs right now. And that’s the Target we’re here to be.


With our instantly recognisable logo we are one of the most iconic brands on the Australian retail market and for almost 100 years we have held a special place in the hearts and minds of Australian families. It brings us loyal customers who love and trust us. From first baby clothes to first fashion moments, we have created special memories that families across the country hold dear. By making affordable quality and style accessible for all, we have built a reputation for helping Australian families live better.

Friendships are found here - we have authentic, genuine relationships with our team mates, and we're led by supportive leaders. In this team quality, design and style are in our DNA - we are a close-knit bunch and the fabric of our team is passion, respect and diversity.


As an iconic Australian retailer, we’re immensely proud of our history and need people to join us who are as excited by our future as we are!


That’s who we are. That’s Target.


What will you do?


We have exciting opportunities for Design Assistants in fashion apparel and footwear to join our team.  As the Design Assistant, your primary responsibility is to work collaboratively with the designer and design team to assist with day to day roles & responsibilities.
This role supports the designer to focus on driving the handwriting, taste levels and product desirability of the department to exceed customer expectations and grow incremental sales.


Responsibilities will include but not limited to:


General Design Support
• Liaise with suppliers on all aspects of product development to ensure on-time delivery and quality standards.
• Follow up and assist with approvals and sample submissions from suppliers. 
• Attend all fittings with Designer, creation on ongoing processes. 
• Collaborate with multiple stakeholders.
• Work closely with the design team to develop new and exciting styles for the range.
• Communicate regularly on any production issues / shortfalls throughout all stages of the process, 
  ensuring we are minimising any impact to the critical path.
• Supporting the overall end to end function of the design team.




• Contribute to trend research.
• Collating / pulling together trend boards.
• Assist the designer with all trend related activities and tasks i.e. Colour palettes and samples.




• Support the Designer with range board creation and upkeep.
• Assisting with range board release to suppliers.
• Supporting design in range sign off's & preparing samples and relevant items for ranging and development.
• Work with the designer to coordinate the sourcing of fabrics and trims in line with the design brief.
• Supplier Management for all design samples and chasing samples for Range sign off.
• Ongoing update management to option plan.




• Support with technical drawings, must be proficient in Adobe illustrator and CAD.
• Assist with style briefs, tech packs & creative briefs.
• Liaise with the designer to receive and comment on fabric qualities, lab dips, prints, trims etc., within
  the required production time allocated for the approval process.
• Support the designer on providing feedback on strike-offs, lab dips, trims and design samples.
• Assisting & creating, maintaining documentation of product development lifecycle and PLM system.


What are we looking for?


The ideal candidate will have a tertiary qualification in a Tertiary Design Degree or Diploma with at least 2+ years’ experience in Graphic Design, Surface Pattern, Illustration Design or similar, in a specialty retail environment.  


You will have the following knowledge, skills and qualifications:


  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, CAD and LAB dips, including the Microsoft Suite.
  • Ability to complete tech packs and create accurate technical specification drawings.
  • Knowledge of construction and technical skills related to the area of product development.
  • Understanding Critical Path and work to milestones.    
  • Creative and exceptional eye for design and detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, changing environment.  


What will you get?


Target has some great benefits, including:


•  Great career opportunities across the Wesfarmers Group.
•  Team Member discounts across Target, Kmart, Bunnings, Officeworks and Catch Membership.
•  A free One Pass membership offering free delivery across Kmart, Target & Catch on eligible product.
•  Access to Employee Assistance Program.
•  Convenient location next to freeway and train station, with free onsite parking and a café!
•  Novated leasing options.
•  Paid parental leave scheme.
•  Flexible hybrid work arrangements through our Flex Where, Flex When, Flex Well policy, spending 60% of your week in our Target Store Support Office (including Work-From-Home days with a real work-life balance).
•  Reflection room, space for prayer, meditation, or time for yourself.
•  A Supported Learning and Career Development program.
•  Opportunity in Wesfarmers Share Plan access (where eligible) and to participate in a bonus program (where eligible).

We believe that all team members should feel valued, respected and safe irrespective of your gender, ethnicity, indigeneity, religious beliefs, education, age, disability, family responsibilities, sexual orientation and gender identity and we encourage applications from all candidates.
 As part of our recruitment process, we will be conducting Pre-Employment Checks with our successful candidates – this will include a police check. Talent Acquisition will provide further updates to candidates as they progress through our recruitment process.
Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.

“We are a Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant”.

If you would like to explore a career with Target and this sounds like the perfect role for you – apply now!


We don’t just look for people based on their skills and experience, our people work together and champion the Target values and behaviours.  We are a business where our values and people matter, and we need like-minded people to join us!

Target values diversity and we pride ourselves on representing the diverse and multicultural communities of which we are a part.

Agencies will only be engaged if required. Please do not contact us or send applicants to us unless requested to by the Talent Acquisition Team.